For me, surfboard building starts with the foam core. Most surfboard builders start with a blank. It goes to a shaping machine which does the rest. But I'm not like the rest. I actually glue and form my own. This confuses my competitors. I like that. Foam, exotic woods, and just about any material I can turn into a surfboard. All these boards I built by myself. I do not need a shaping machine, or a glass shop to make me look good.